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Park Avenue Synagogue Vandalized

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A prominent Upper East Side synagogue was vandalized Friday in the latest string of anti-Israel protests across New York City, according to multiple reports.

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A post on X by @ManhattanMingle shows that vandals wrote the word “Palestine” on the facade of Park Avenue Synagogue (50 East 87th Street) underneath the Biblical verse from Numbers reading “How great are your tents O Jacob, your dwelling places O Israel.” Another post from the same account shows the vandalism was removed before Shabbat services on Friday evening.

“It is shocking and it is distressing, and it is a reminder of the world outside and what we face as a Jewish community in this moment of time,” Park Avenue Synagogue’s Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove reportedly said at Friday night services.

The New York Post reports that the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating but had not made any arrests as of Saturday.

“We are disheartened that our building was vandalized earlier today,” the synagogue posted on Instagram. “We are investigating. Be assured, the synagogue building is secure.”

The Jerusalem Post reports that a crowd had gathered outside the building in support of the synagogue, which is one of the largest in New York City. Park Avenue Synagogue and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove have been outspoken in support of Israel, reportedly raising more than $16 million for Israel in November 2023.

City Councilmember Julie Menin, a former member of the Park Avenue Synagogue congregation, posted the following on X in response to the incident.

“As a former member of this congregation, I am disgusted by this vile antisemitic act. A house of worship is a sanctuary. Defacing it is an attack on all of us.”

Douglass Emhoff, Second Gentleman for the U.S. and husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, visited the synagogue in May according to an Instagram post from Cosgrove.


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